Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Baltimore Comic Con: Top Cow Panel
Writer and Image Comics partner Robert Kirkman welcomed Baltimore Comic-Con attendees to the "Robert Kirkman Panel," but those in the room immediately sensed that something was awry--after all, this was supposed to be the Top Cow Panel! Kirkman handled the proceedings on his own for a few short minutes, making idle chitchat with a New Zealand-born fan about beards, baby faces, overeating and other such topics.
The rest of the Top Cow gang--publisher Filip Sablik, Top Cow founder Marc Silvestri, and "Witchblade" writer Ron Marz--joined Kirkman shortly thereafter, launching straight into the topic of "Pilot Season." Sablik described their annual contest as "American Idol" for comic books--essentially, fans are presented with several different pilot issues from several different creators. The readers then vote for the issue they'd most like to see continue on past the pilot, which results in a miniseries for that particular title.